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Billions of Guru Rinpoche’s ready to answer the Seventh Supplication of Guru Rinpoche: “Repeat this prayer continuously” for the granting of wishes

"The Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal had a vision in which she saw a manifestation of Guru Rinpoche called Immense Vajra Ocean in the direction to the east. Each of the pores in his body held one billion realms and in each realm there were one billion world systems. In each of these world...
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June 27, 2022: This Week I am Thankful For…”: heroic nurses who save babies, the long lives of our teachers and pigs at airports

More of the same last week: war, pandemics, violence. Fortunately, with a little digging, we can find some “good news” to celebrate the virtues of compassion and kindness in our world. Those little acts of Karuna (compassion) and Metta (loving-kindness) that help affirm we all have Buddha Nature! This week we celebrate...
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Chan Buddhism – the “Flower Sermon” and the profound roots of Chan or Zen — the open hearted path

To understand the origins of Chan or Zen Buddhism, we have to go back to the "Flower Sermon." This sermon, given by the Buddha himself, is at the heart of Chan — also known as Zen in Japan or Seon in Korea. In the Flower Sermon, the Buddha gathered his disciples together...
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Lotus Sutra Chapter 7 — the “Transformed City” analogy; full translation and commentary from Venerable Master Hua

Editors Note: This is chapter 7 in our ongoing series on the Lotus Sutra, one of the parable / metaphor chapters translated as the "Transformed City" in the Lotus Sutra. There are seven well-known parables in the Lotus Sutra — a favorite teaching method of the Buddha. The initial commentary is from...
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Mantras can take meditation to the next level: empowering mantras to shift your mindset and improve your life

If you’re looking to take your meditation practice to the next level, mantras can definitely help. But don’t get the wrong idea. This isn’t about speaking. It’s not even so much about what you say, although it helps if you feel a spiritual connection with your mantra.  
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Members: Lama Tsongkhapa celebrating the life and guided practice of the great sage — and mantra beautifully chanted by Yoko Dharma

View full video — Transcript In these difficult times, we need practices that generate the healing powers of Compassion, Wisdom and Power. These are usually personified, from a Mahayana Buddhist point-of-view in the Enlightened forms of Chenrezig for Compassion, Manjushri for Wisdom, and Vajrapani for Power. Or, in the profound practice of...
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June 20, 2022: “This Week I’m Thankful For…”: Saga Dawa, H.H. Dalai Lama, neighbors who care, a cancer breakthrough, forests and fungi…

At times it may seem the news is only filled with negative news: war, pandemics, violence. We sometimes forget to recognize the "good news." Those little acts of Karuna (compassion) and Metta (loving-kindness) that help affirm we all have Buddha Nature [For a feature on Buddha Nature, see>>].   [caption id="attachment_17796" align="aligncenter"...
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Vyagghapajja Sutta — Buddha: “These four conditions, conducive to a householder’s happiness…” Buddha teaches the lay followers

In Vyagghapajja Sutta, a concise but profound sutra, Shakyamuni Buddha answers his lay followers on how to develop the four conditions conducive to householder's happiness. The representatives of the laypeople attending asked "O Lord, let the Exalted One preach the Dhamma, teach those things that lead to weal and happiness in this...
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Targeted Calm-Abiding Meditation: Dalai Lama and Lama Tsongkhapa teach how to target the main affliction for a more precise meditation result

His Holiness the Dalai Lama presented a profound and brilliant method to "target" your meditation on the affliction, in his powerful commentary on Lama Tsongkhapa's Great Exposition of Secret Mantra. When we think of calm-abiding meditation, we might think of breath as the focal point of meditation. In-out. Follow the breath. Breath,...
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Meditation for children: Peer-reviewed studies support structured meditation in classrooms and homes to help children deal with depression, negative coping and self-hostility

Meditation is an essential component of Buddhism that enables us to settle, concentrate, and connect body and mind. Study after study has shown the many benefits it can bring us, including a greater sense of calm, understanding, and empathy. Why leave all its benefits for adulthood? Meditation should be taught from the...
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VIDEO: 21 Tara Praises chanted in English, with beautiful art in the Nyingma and Atisha traditions!

This beautiful new video with the 21 Taras Praise sung in English, with meditational images in the traditions of Nyingma Terma and Atisha. Principle Green Tara with Tara's mantra opens and closes the praise with images by Jampay Dorje (Ben Christian). The chanted praise opens with the Praise to the Mantra, then...
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21 Taras sung in English Atisha and Nyingma traditions — early and ad-free for Patrons and Members as our thank you!

Ad-Free Patron/Member version: Beautiful chanting in English of the 21 Taras Praise with stunning Nyingma tradition images of 21 Taras by Lasha Mutual (lashamutual.com, used with permission)— chanted by amazing Hrishikesh Sonar. Members play ad-free here: Principle Green Tara with Tara's mantra opens and closes the praise with images by Jampay Dorje...
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Buddha Weekly’s Special Section

Tara, Mother of all Buddhas

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Loving face of the Mother of All Buddhas Green Tara. Detail from art by Ben Christian.
Karma Mother

How does Tara Help?

Tara, like any Mother, is ready to jump to our aid, even in mundane areas of life. She is the “practical Buddha” — the “Karma Mother” — the Buddha most active in our lives. Her Sanskrit name translates as “a star by which to navigate” — and like a star, she is always with us whenever we look for her.

Tara 6 Tara Victorious Over Three Worlds Trailokya Vijaya Tara.
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21 Taras Mantra Video Playlist

An entire playlist of every one of the mantras for the 21 Taras. Don't miss the amazing Tara mantra chanting of Yoko Dharma for the each Tara of the 21 Taras according to Surya Gupta lineage. One video with many repetitions and visualized images for each Tara. The final video is the English-translated 21 Praises to Tara sung in English.

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